By Various Artists
Record shopping. It can be a wasteful and puzzling pastime. I've often found myself coming across albums around the house that I bought a month or two ago in a fit of spontaneity that fizzled out as soon as I actually got round to listening to them. I'll listen to the items in question a few times, maybe even for a week or two... but they'll never quite succeed in lodging themselves into my consciousness. I feel that I may not be alone in this habit as well, and what's really annoying is that it isn't an issue of quality (although I do have some shite on my shelves, metaphorically at least), some things just don't ever get the dubious privilege of taking residence in my head and therefore will never get listened to ever again.
As you'll probably have guessed by now, this is of some relevance to my opinions on these two Wrath 'Supersevens' that have been cunningly compressed in to one little compact disc (and therefore will now also be compressed into one little review). The compact disc in question has been perching on top of my hi-fi for what seems like months now, and I've listened to it countless times. I just can't get round to forming an opinion on it. I have however managed to formulate some theories concerning the reason for this is. And they're the nearest you're going to get to a review out of me I'm afraid...
1)It's just too damned upbeat. Apart from Farming Incident and their contribution of The terrorist you seek is in the mirror (which is hardly Leonard Cohen like in its mood after all) there is a slightly overwhelming pop-punk chirpiness about all of these tunes that I just can't relate to. This is most likely because I'm a miserable git, but also because aside from the endearing obnoxiousness of The Playmates' Damn Good, I can't help thinking that this chirpiness masks an air of shallowness. Which may well be the point.
2)It's all too similar. If you ignore Farming Incident again, you could well believe that any band present here could quite easily have been any band present here, if you catch my drift. Not a particularly bad thing in itself, but also not a very good technique in catching the listeners ear.
3)All the songs sound like B-sides. Now this is true of all the bands concerned... but it's also a backhanded compliment. The quality on show here is pretty high, and there's none of that compilation regular that is 'filler'. However, there's more than a niggling feeling that this is not the best that all these bands are capable of, which makes you want to find out where this better stuff is located far more than listening to what you've got in front of you.
And that's as much theorising as I can come up with. In the future I'll try my best to form an proper opinion concerning the roll call of bands present here (The Scaramanga Six, Me Against Them, The Playmates, Instant Species, Farming Incident & The Terminals), but I can't but help thinking that anybody who'd give a damn about reading about it would be having much more fun pogoing about to one of these lot live.